Friday, March 18, 2011

I think this is normal...

To say that my kids are picky eaters is an understatement.  Meal time is a struggle and we really work with our kids to eat a whole variety of foods.  It generally does not work. Little Girl often refuses to eat what we have before her because she is stubborn and is determined to just say no.  Little Guy on the other hand is just plain picky and does not like much.  Needless to say one of my tactics is to put the food on the table in front of them and walk away.  I keep a close eye, but from a distance.  Usually I get fusses at first. If they are hungry enough they eat, even if just a little bit.  Sometimes I get all out screams and hollers. Depends on the day.

I often get frustrated while feeding Little Guy because he often gets angry with whatever it may be that I am trying to give him.  Please understand that I am patient and try many different foods, but often we just go back to fruit.  He does not like things that most babies love.  Cheese is generally out of the question unless melted (hello choking hazard?!), Chicken is turned away, Tofu is given this pretty tongue-out action and avocado... forgetaboutit!

With Little Girl it is often it is a struggle to just get her to take a taste.  Once she does she sometimes says "Yum!", eats one more bite and then refuses to have any more.  Why?  Because we want her to.  So she won't.  Oh dear, her teenage years will be fun!  Now please understand that she is a very picky eater also, but most of the time she is just being stubborn. 

We sit at the table almost every night as a family.  Scott and I do our best so set a good example of what good eating habits are.  We eat plenty of veggies and wholesome food in front of our children and encourage them to eat along side us.  We do our best to have healthy snacks and often try to encourage wise decisions, but in the end it's a struggle.

Tell me.  What do you do to encourage your children to choose healthy foods?  Do you have "rules" for meal time?  How do you handle picky eaters (at the age of One!)?


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